Posted on September 12th, 2015 by Mary Lord

Help your students discover their heads for math with engaging brainteasers and numerical puzzles. Sign them up for Sony’s Global Math Challenge on **Sunday, September 27, 2015.**

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Tags: brainteaser, Competitions for Students, Contest, critical thinking, Mathematics, Problem Solving, SONY Global Math Challenge, STEM education

Posted on April 29th, 2015 by Mary Lord

Math can be a tough sell. Many students think it’s too hard, or that they’re no good at it. It doesn’t have to be this way, says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Jo Boaler, who has designed a free program for teachers to change mindsets and inspire their fifth through ninth graders to think more deeply in mathematics.

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Tags: Common Core mathematics, Curriculum, Internet Resources, Mathematics, Research on Learning, Resources for Teachers, Web Resources

Posted on December 30th, 2014 by Mary Lord

What do fashion designers, rock stars, and restaurant owners have in common? They all apply algebra in their work! Get the Math promotes algebraic thinking and problem-solving skills through video challenges that illuminate such real-world math.

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Tags: algebra, applied mathematics, fashion, Get the Math, Internet Resources, Mathematics, music, Resources for Teachers, STEM education, Web Resources

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Mary Lord

In this activity, students in grades 7 to 9 will learn how to take a bearing with a compass and find an object in their classroom.

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Tags: bearing, Class Activities, compass, directions, Engineering, estimation, GPS, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, maps, Mathematics, navigation, wilderness

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by Mary Lord

Are your students vexed by vectors or mystified by electricity? MIT’s Open Courseware offers a series of videos designed to help students learn these and other pivotal concepts in science, technology, engineering, mathematics that are the building blocks of many engineering curricula.

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Tags: Biology, calculus, Chemistry, electricity, Engineering, integral, Mathematics, MIT, motions and forces, Open Courseware, Physics, probability, Problem Solving, STEM videos, vectors

Posted on July 25th, 2014 by Mary Lord

In this activity, students in grades 4 to 8 use LEGO spur gears to learn about different types of gears and how they are used in many engineering devices, including bicycles, to change the speed, torque, and direction of a power source.

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Tags: bicycle, Class Activities, gears, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, LEGOS, Mathematics, Mechanical engineering, Physics, simple machines, speed, torque

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by Mary Lord

In this activity, elementary students in grades 3 to 5 learn about reverse engineering and how to collect and represent data graphically by investigating different balls and their abilities to bounce.

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Tags: balls, data, graph, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Reverse Engineering, soccer, Sports

Posted on March 25th, 2014 by Mary Lord

In this quick, fun activity, pairs of students in grades 2 – 8 will learn about industrial engineering and measurement by estimating how many times a partner can complete a task in one minute, then checking the estimate against actual performance. Students then can discuss ways to improve their performance and try again.

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Posted on September 25th, 2013 by Mary Lord

In this activity, students working in pairs learn basic computer programming and software engineering concepts by building an obstacle course, then steering a blindfolded friend through it by using a series of commands. They re-run the maze to improve on their “program.”

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Tags: Class Activities, coding, Computer Programming, Grades 6-8, Grades K-5, Lesson Plans, Mathematics, Robotics, software engineering, Technology